Half of the UK workforce could be self-employed by 2020

The ongoing trend for increased interest in working freelance could lead to 50 per cent of the country being self-employed by the year 2020. This is according ...

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Self-employment ambassador intends to simplify IR35

The member of parliament responsible for representing contractors and the self-employed has vowed to tackle IR35, which he says is "unnecessarily ...

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Contractors earning more than permanent counterparts amid skills shortages

Those contractors that have key strategic skills are earning more than their permanent counterparts in a climate where such talents are in short supply. ...

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Building contractors join together for historic vote

A large number of contractors in the building industry have joined together to vote for the formation of a new trade body. Build UK will represent the industry ...

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Smaller employers not to receive automatic fines for late PAYE filing from HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will not be automatically issuing fines to those who have missed the deadline for submitting PAYE details, it has been ...

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Contractors are key economic driver, says RSA

Contractors are a very important part of the UK's economy, according to the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ...

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Gender gap in UK's IT contracting industry, says new report

A new report has highlighted a significant gender disparity in the UK contracting industry. Digital recruitment agency The Candidate carried out the research, ...

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Contractor skills shortages having detrimental effect on customer service

Customers are feeling the effect of skills shortages experienced by contractors, new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) shows. The ...

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Tips for first-time IT contractors going it alone

Becoming an independent contractor in any industry can be a nerve-wracking experience, but being prepared is half the challenge. With this in mind, Computer ...

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Increased number of UK contractor placements in May

May saw the opportunities presented for limited company contractors within the UK increase, according to a new report. The findings were published in the KPMG ...

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Strong first quarter performance for electrical contractors

The latest research to be published by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) shows that the industry has had a strong start to the year. According ...

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Pension payments for self-employed down by a two-thirds

The number of self-employed people paying into a pension has fallen by two-thirds over the last decade, according to new figures. Data published by the ...

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